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Sep 28, 2014 - Bryce and Zion National Parks

Hatch, Utah Never heard of it?…..we hadn’t either, but found a great little RV park there that also had a small motel (6 rooms). Since Therese’s brother Bernie and his friend Jan were joining us for our tour of SW Utah National Parks, it would serve as a good base of operations. Also, it was located in between our first two target parks – Bryce and Zion. We had a welcome dinner (steak on the barbie) that evening, and planned our strategy for touring these two iconic national parks. Bryce Canyon National Park The next...

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Sep 3, 2014 - Down to Hatch UT Cousins

We headed down to Hatch, Utah today. We’ll be stopping to visit Cheryl’s cousin John & Karen again. John's daughter-in-law found Cheryl on Ancestry.com last year while working on their family genealogy. We were traveling from 4,000 feet up to over 8,000 up and back down in altitude. Soon after leaving Green river, as we were descending, we could see sharp peaks ahead angled upward looking like a row of teeth. This was the San Rafael Reef (There is also Capitol Reef National Park in Utah). The highway turned a little and then went through...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Our home base for the next 4 days

We are using Hatch as a base to see Zion, Bryce, and Scenic Hwy 12. We moved on to leave Ken and Barb on their way to Bryce Canyon. We had been told there was construction on hwy. 12 and with the road being narrow, windy, we decided to go the longer route with shorter travel time. No shade here, on site off the hwy., very clean RV park.

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Jun 26, 2013 - Cousin in Hatch, UT

When we started out in May we wanted to take this route through Utah to go to Wyoming, and stop by in Hatch UT between Zion & Bryce Canyon Nat'l Parks to visit Cheryl's 2nd cousin that she hadn't seen since about 1980. Things didn't work out then, but fell into place now. So we drove up Interstate 15 and crossed over to US 89 above Hatch to avoid towing the grades. Our highway, UT-20, was easy and we thought fairly level but as we saw when we crested the summit it was 7,920'. We parked our rig in front of their house and were greeted with...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Grand Canyon

Wednesday, September 13, 2012 We left the campground at 10:28. We only had 51 miles to drive today. We were headed to Kanab, Utah, right close to the Arizona state line. The Sevier River was snaking/meandering along our highway. We saw a hawk flying and cattle and horses grazing. When we left the campground, there were blue skies and no clouds. License plates we saw were from California, Texas, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Massachusetts, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota,...

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Utah 2012

Sep 12, 2012 - BRYZION

Today was another glorious day. We saw 2 national parks today, and they were both stupendous. We left our campground this morning at 7:02 and headed to Bryce Canyon in our cars. We actually got there before they opened, so we just sight-saw all we wanted. Going early benefitted us because we avoided the crowds that would be there later on. The hoodoos we saw were spectacular, but it was very cold when we started out. In our travels today, we saw the Sevier River, the East Fork Sevier River, Asat Creek, Mystic River, Virgin River, and Muddy...

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Utah 2012

Sep 11, 2012 - southern Utah

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Sorry, no pictures today. It's the 11th anniversary of the devastation that happened on 9/11. We had our own catastrophe today, but nothing like what happened 11 years ago. Read on...Today was a travel day and we only had to drive 100+ miles. We started today's journey at 9:02 under overcast skies and gray clouds. It had rained during the night. We experienced light sprinkles to light rain during our drive. Traffic was super-light. Scenery was again breath-taking, seeing rock outcroppings/mountains all around,...

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Utah 2012

Jul 7, 2012 - Bryce Canyon

De Moab UT à Hatch UT Distance parcourrue 287 milles Campground Camp Lutherwood Je couche 1 soir Afin d'atteindre ma prochaine destination je dois effectuer un grand 3/4 de cercle vers le nord, l'ouest et vers le sud pour contourner les montagnes du centre de l'Utah. Le seul campground de Passport s'appelle Camp Lutherwood a environ 30 milles de Bryce Canyon et 30 milles de Mont Zion, je trouve la situation géographique excellente jusqu'a mon arrivée car le campground est situé à 2 milles de la route 89 dans une route de GRAVEL. Je ne nous...

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May 31, 2012 - Hatch, UT - Bryce Canyon National Park

Today we drove over to Bryce Canyon National Park. Passed a farm where buffalo is being raised, pretty neat. When we go north should see more in the wild. It is getting harder to describe what we are seeing, but each park has their own identity. Bryce Canyon is not really a canyon, but a series of amphitheaters, a huge one at that. They are full of colored limestone spires called "Hoodoos" and they are everywhere. Hoodoos are formed when the top layer of rock-cap rock- is harder than the layers below it. We traveled to all the scenic...

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May 30, 2012 - Hatch, UT - Zion National Park

Another great day! We drove over to Zion National Park today. We entered through the east gate on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway, extremely scenic. The is a 1.1 mile tunnel that was built in the 1930's. Large vehicles, RV's and such need a $15.00 permit, they stop traffic and you drive down the middle of the road. My 4-door dually qualifies as large-too wide. After going through twice-$15.00 is cheap. The landscape at Zion is so different than anyplace we have been to. The canyon wall soar to over 2000 feet, but the colored limestone,...

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May 29, 2012 - Hatch, UT

It was really cold last night-mid 20's. From our campground we walked Nixon up to the Historic Jacob Lake Ranger Station. It's historic because it was the first in the area-okay. Left around 10:00 headed to Hatch, UT for three or so days. We drove up the Kaibab Plateau yesterday, so what goes up must come down. Had a stretch of 6% plus down incline with curvy turns. The landscape was a lot of sagebrush. When we got into Utah, the farms were using irrigation in their fields. We stopped by a tourist traps at Moqui Cave, but they were...

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Apr 28, 2011 - Red Canyon

Utah has five national parks, plus numerous national monuments, national forests and state parks. We took a day trip from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, and on the way we passed through Red Canyon, a part of the Dixie National Forest. When we entered Red Canyon, we were startled by the bright orange color of of the rocks. They were the color of the orange barrels used to mark highway construction. Not only that, they were fantastic shapes. The photographs give you an idea of what we saw.

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